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Another Texas Republican breaks with Trump over wall funding — and gets applause for it at town hall

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A Texas Congressman, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), said he opposes Trump’s “emergency” declaration for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying he fears the money might be swiped from essential military construction projects.

Williams, who represents Texas’ 25th congressional district, which includes parts of the Austin area, is the second notable Republican member of the House of Representatives from Texas to break with Trump on the issue (U.S. Rep. Will Hurd is the GOP Congressman from Texas most associated with being against Trump’s wall).

According to the Austin Statesman newspaper, Williams made his stance on the issue perfectly clear Tuesday at a town hall event after a question from a citizen regarding his take on funding for the wall.

“Do you support President Trump’s declaration of a border emergency?” Williams was asked in a question submitted by a citizen and read to the congressman by Bee Cave Mayor Monty Parker, who moderated the town hall.

“No,” Williams replied to applause from the audience of about 100, per the Statesman.

The Republican representative went on to explain why he was opposed to the ‘emergency’ declaration at the event.

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“The reason that I have not been supportive of the declaration is because Congress has done a really poor job, we … Congress, both sides of the aisle, put the president in this situation, OK, but I don’t support it from a selfish standpoint,” Williams said, further clarifying “that when we start drawing funds out of certain areas, one of which may be MILCON, construction of military bases, and we’ve got a lot of momentum going at Fort Hood right now.”

The Fort Hood military base is part of Williams’ Congressional district.

Watch video from the town hall below.

 

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Fox News host’s insane anti-LGBT screed: Activists are trying to make kids transgender by ‘eliminating gays’

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld went on a lengthy deep-dive into what he claims are the motivations of LGBT activists, falsely accusing them of trying to increase the number of transgender children by "eliminating gays."

There is exactly zero truth to Gutfeld's claims, which he made on Fox News' "The Five" on Monday, as Media Maters reports.

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Hope Hicks denied under oath knowing about Trump’s hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks on Wednesday denied under oath knowing anything about the hush-money scheme set up by former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen to pay off President Donald Trump's former mistresses.

"Hicks told lawmakers today that she did not have knowledge during 2016 campaign of hush-money payments made in run-up to election," reports CNN's Manu Raju. "Also she wouldn’t discuss what she learned about those payments during her time at White House because of immunity claims."

Hicks told lawmakers today that she did not have knowledge during 2016 campaign of hush-money payments made in run-up to election, per sources. Also she wouldn’t discuss what she learned about those payments during her time at WH bc of immunity claims https://t.co/GZWqzCzpGX

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Federal Reserve chair defiant in face of Trump threats: ‘The law is clear — I have a four-year term’

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sounded a defiant note on Wednesday as he announced that there would be no further cuts to interest rates for the time being.

Even though President Donald Trump has been publicly calling for a rate cut to spur additional economic growth ahead of his reelection campaign, Powell kept interest rates at their current level and signaled that he did not foresee any interest rate cuts for the rest of the year.

Powell was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about being "demoted" by Trump in the wake of this announcement, the Federal Reserve Chairman said he wasn't worried.

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